Rendezvous with Beijing – my first encounter

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Check out the crowds at the Forbidden City – and this was not even during the peak season!

As mentioned in my previous post, I spent three months in Beijing during autumn 2012, under the pretense of studying Chinese (Note: I’m a Malaysian Chinese, but grew up learning Malay and English). Prior to this, I’d never been to Beijing and only visited China once, around Shanghai and Hangzhou.

Even before my trip, I was already learning the hard way about how things work (or don’t work) in China. One of my key tasks was to arrange my accommodation. It was easy enough to book a nice hotel in Wangfujing, the city centre for the first few days before school starts, but when it came to trying to book accommodation on university campus, I was getting nowhere. Even though my rubbish Chinese was part of the issue, the main problem was the inefficiencies at the university. Continue reading

A touching moment

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For those of you who’ve followed my blog for a while, you would know that I’ve been struggling as a working mum for a couple of years. Yesterday evening, I got home at a reasonable hour and had dinner with my daughter, followed by half an hour of TV time. We watched her current favourite cartoon – Dumbo. For those of you who’re not familiar with this, it’s a heartwarming Disney cartoon which was released in 1941 and features an elephant with big ears who gets bullied because of this. Continue reading

2012

Sorry for the inactivity in the past few weeks, it’s just been pretty crazy at work.  To kick things off, I’ll start on a positive note.

We all have our ups and downs; certain years and times of our lives are better than others. 2012 was one of my best years, I have so many fond memories and when looking through my Facebook page, it stands out as being pretty special. I can’t believe it’s been nearly 5 years already, how time flies.  Continue reading

Happy Easter!

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Hey everyone, I’ve been quiet for a couple of weeks as I’ve been slogging away at work, clocking up to 14 hour days. I’ve had the misfortune of being assigned a couple of tough projects, which coincides with my daughter’s Easter break and having to move out of our home for a couple of days because of a leak. I’m nearing the end now, as the deadline for one of the projects is next Tuesday. Hopefully I’ll get my life back after that and resume blogging.  Continue reading